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Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban

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Also Known As: Died: January 14, 2009
Born: November 25, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mexico City, Mexico Profession: Cast ...
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There is a rich source of untapped material [stories about Latin Americans] but Hollywood has never made any attempt to scratch the surface....I always hoped that for an actor the only barrier would be the limit of his own talent."--Ricardo Montalban ("TV Time," July 13, 1991)

"Hollywood killed my dreams. I had dreamt of being a working actor, of choosing roles that had essence. In the roles I had, you had to have your head in place and keep your shoes shined. I did it because that's what was offered me. I wish I had the luxury of choosing between 15 scripts. I had to decide to do one script--usually bad--or not work."--Ricardo Montalban ("TV Time," July 13, 1991)

At age thirty-five with the flush of youth behind him, his maturity, not his romantic allure, stood him in good professional stead. Like his predecessor, Gilbert Roland, he has remained a familiar character star in both films and television ever since. He was never a mysterious, enigmatic romantic lead like Roland, or even Lamas, but his sincerity as a performer made him equally convincing in such disparate roles as a priest or a heavy."--James Robert Parish ("The MGM Stock Company," 1973)

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